The Crane Wife

Author(s): Patrick Ness


This is shortlisted for the 2013 National Book Awards UK Author of the Year. One night, George Duncan - decent man, a good man - is woken by a noise in his garden. Impossibly, a great white crane has tumbled to earth, shot through its wing by an arrow. Unexpectedly moved, George helps the bird, and from the moment he watches it fly off, his life is transformed. The next day, a kind but enigmatic woman walks into George's shop. Suddenly a new world opens up for George, and one night she starts to tell him the most extraordinary story. Wise, romantic, magical and funny, The Crane Wife is a hymn to the creative imagination and a celebration of the disruptive and redemptive power of love.


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Breakout adult novel from bestselling YA author, shortlisted for the 2013 National Book Awards UK Author of the Year.

Shortlisted for Galaxy National Book Awards: Waterstone's UK Author of the Year 2013.

Patrick Ness is never predictable. This darkly funny reworking of an oriental myth combines a shrewd eye for relationship power-games and keen ear for whip-smart dialogue with compelling elements of fantasy. In George, he has created a delightful hero - Patrick Gale

Patrick Ness is the author of seven novels and a short story collection. He has won the Carnegie Medal twice, the Guardian Children's Fiction Prize and the Costa Children's Book Award. In 2012, his bestselling novel A Monster Calls became the first ever to win both the Kate Greenaway and Carnegie Medals. His books are published in over twenty languages. Born in America, he lives in London.

General Fields

  • : 9780857868725
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : Canongate Books Ltd
  • : August 2012
  • : 135mm X 216mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Patrick Ness
  • : Paperback
  • : Export & Airside ed
  • : 320